Monday, December 3, 2012

Social Learning in the Classroom

Social Learning in the Classroom
Dr. Orey stated that Social Learning Theory has students engaging in constructing artifices and conversing with others helps maximize the learning experience (Laureate Education, 2010). I would have to agree with Dr. Orey’s view after reviewing my classroom operations and teaching styles.  Majority of my classes allow from the students to learn from my lecture and demonstrations and apply them to the various assignments and physical projects.  Allowing students to engage in conversations amongst each other to solve problems is beneficial in multiple ways. While developing problem solving and communication skills, it also allows focus on more the needy students or overall flow of the classroom.

Today in my wood working class, I opened the class with today’s objectives and building procedures for the tool box project.  I provided several of the advanced students with instruction with the next stage of the assignment. At the end of the instruction, I told them that they will be expected to instruct the other students “how to” complete the next stage in the building process and demonstrate what the procedure.  The classroom slowly turns into a student driven environment and overseen by me.

Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). Social Learning Theories. Baltimore, MD

1 comment:

  1. Jeremy,
    Like you in my art classes I have a lot of "how to" to be taught so I find that cooperative learning is bound to happen even if I would ever try not to use it (although it is encouraged). I feel our classes are uniquely different then the "normal" classroom because our classrooms are so hands on. In regards of the technology of social networks how would you use them? Any ideas for a classroom that focus on the physical hands on projects? Time is my main concern along with the kids not thinking my class is worth all the effort. "It's just art" is what I get from many of them.